Richard Sherman has been cut as the Seahawks continue their teardown

Richard Sherman has been cut as the Seahawks continue their teardown

Richard Sherman has been cut as the Seahawks continue their teardown

It didn't take long for the San Francisco 49ers to reach out to the newly available Richard Sherman.

Cornerback Richard Sherman listed the Texans as one of the teams who has already expressed interest in signing him following his release from Seattle, per ESPN's Josina Anderson.

It also might convince defensive end Julius Peppers, who's weighing his future, to decide to play another season.

The Pats have needs elsewhere, but pairing Sherman with Stephon Gilmore would give the team perhaps the best cornerback duo in the National Football League (although Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib on the Rams will be hard to top).

Sherman turns 30 on March 30.

Let me just say that if Sherman is basing his free agency decision on who recruited the best through Twitter, then he's definitely going to sign with the Buccaneers.

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In seven seasons with the Seahawks, Sherman was named to four Pro Bowls and, always most importantly, an incredible three First-Team All-Pro selections.

Sherman had surgery to fix his right Achilles in November.

Shaquill Griffin will return as the starter at right cornerback and the team is expected to tender restricted free agent Justin Coleman to return as the nickel corner.

- If there's one way to help ease the aftershock of losing arguably your top cornerback, pursuing a former All-Pro at the position may be the best route. Sherman discussed Friday on KIRO-AM in Seattle what he's looking for in a new team.

San Francisco started the offseason with a $137.5 million pact with impending free agent Jimmy Garoppolo.

The cost-cutting moves will give the Seahawks an estimated $38 million in available salary cap space - they had $13 million at the beginning of the week.

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